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Premier breaks ground at affordable seniors' housing development

The Pleasantvale seniors' development on Richter Street in Kelowna is being redeveloped.
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December 15, 2014 - 10:27 AM

KELOWNA – Premier Christy Clark was in Kelowna Monday to break ground on the redevelopment of an affordable senior's housing project.

Located on the 600 block of Richter St., Pleasantvale will provide 50 units of seniors' housing and 20 townhomes for families with low to moderate incomes.

"For over two decades, the Society of Hope has been making a difference in people's lives, and we're pleased to partner with them on this project," Clark said. "The redevelopment of Pleasantvale will not only continue and preserve the legacy left by Pleasantvale Homes Society, but it also ensures residents will have increased access to new, affordable housing in Kelowna for years to come."

Christy Clark was joined by Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan and Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran along with representatives from the Pleasantvale Homes Society and the Society of Hope.

Originally built by the Rotary Club of Kelowna in the 1950s, the current development is owned and operated by the Pleasantvale Homes Society.

B.C. Housing will oversee the construction while the Society of Hope will operate the affordable seniors’ apartments and the affordable family townhomes.

Lorne Gerber, president, Society of Hope says the Society is is honoured to partner with all levels of government for the redevelopment of Pleasantvale.

"The society's goal is to provide new, modern homes for families and seniors in need of affordable housing on this site and we look forward to the completion of this development to achieve this goal."

Construction is scheduled to be completed by spring 2016.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 11 a.m. Dec. 16 to include information from the press conference.

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